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31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School

Want to simplify the busy back-to-school season?  Stock your freezer with crockpot freezer meals!  Here are 31 crockpot recipes that I’ve tried myself (grocery list included!).

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School

First, three reasons I love crockpot freezer meals:

  1. There’s no cooking required ahead of time so they’re super easy to make.  Simply combine the ingredients in plastic freezer bags and freeze for up to three months.
  2. They cook for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all.
  3. I can save money by buying the ingredients in bulk.

Since I’ve made hundreds of crockpot freezer meals, I decided to compile a list of 31 favorites that would be perfect to eat during the busy back-to-school season.  These are all healthy meals that I feel good serving my family.

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School

If you’re nervous about mixing raw meat and vegetables, don’t be.  I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds).  That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe. (You can find more info on food safety here.)

I’ve tried every single one of these recipes myself and they’re healthy, delicious, and easy to make.  Enjoy!


31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School

  1. Chicken Curry
  2. Honey Dijon Chicken (from my CROCK’D Slow Cooker Freezer Meals eBook)
  3. Cranberry Pork Roast
  4. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  5. Turkey and Black Bean Chili
  6. Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole (from The Country Cook)
  7. Shredded BBQ Chicken
  8. Meatball Veggie Soup
  9. White Chicken Chili (from Money Saving Mom)
  10. Chicken Fajitas
  11. Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks
  12. Beef and Barley Stew (from Live Simply)
  13. Beef Roast and Carrots
  14. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff
  15. Greens & Beans
  16. Chicken Teriyaki
  17. Cranberry Chicken
  18. Thai Peanut Chicken (from Mommy’s Fabulous Finds)
  19. Turkey, White Bean, and Kale Soup
  20. Stuffed Peppers
  21. Salsa Verde Chicken (only 5 ingredients!)
  22. BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole
  23. Sweet and Sour Meatballs (based on this recipe from Once a Month Meals)
  24. Red Pepper Chicken
  25. Ginger-Peach Chicken
  26. Honey Sesame Chicken (from Damn Delicious)
  27. Ham and Potato Soup
  28. Italian Wedding Soup
  29. Southwestern Pork Chili
  30. Cabbage Casserole (one of our favorites)
  31. Hawaiian Pork Chops

If you’re motivated to prep and freeze all 31 at once, I typed up exactly how I assemble and cook each meal into a printable pdf (I even included a full grocery list!):


You can also find tons of freezer recipes, tips, and nutrition info in my best-selling freezer eCookbooks.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can. 

PS A reader created mini versions of some of the recipes that can be printed on white sticker labels.  Here’s the file: Sticker Labels


  • Rosa says:

    OMG!! You might be my lifesaver! I’m a teacher who is getting ready to go back to school and already I’m stressing out on what to feed my family. My days are long and I’m not very good at thinking ahead when it comes to dinners. I love my slow cooker and try to use it as often as I can. I’m going to give your recipes a go and hopefully destress dinner time! Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Awesome. I hope these are a huge help for you, Rosa.

      • Molly says:

        Hi! Can you help us know how much time we add to the recipes (assuming they are being thrown in the crockpot in the morning, completely frozen.) Thank you!

        • Kelly says:

          I do not recommend cooking frozen meat in the slow cooker. I know a lot of people do it with success, but the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service does not recommend it so I don’t either.

          • Why couldn’t you just but the meat when you will be preparing a recipe and not add to the other ingredients?

          • Molly says:

            Thank you for taking the time to reply!

          • Scott says:

            I’ve been doing it for years, and have not had one single problem. No one in my family has ever gotten sick from doing so…….
            Whole beef roast frozen, 1/2 cup water, onion soup mix, potatoes and carrots, low for 8hrs…..Wa-la! Perfection!

          • Mark says:

            Also frozen meat will be tough.

          • Sandie says:

            Wow!!!!! I did not know this!!!!! i have cooked frozen meat in my Crockpot for years. I have never read or heard this! I will try and put something out of the freezer and in the refrigereater the nightt before from now on! Thank you for this information!

          • adrienne says:

            I do it all the time for the last 30yrs im still alive

          • Janine says:

            As a busy chef in a restaurant I too blank out when I get home to feed my family. I use a slow cooker a lot especially in the.hot days of summer. I love this concept and will adapt to my own recipies. I whole heartedly agree with NOT cooking frozen meat. All potentially hazardous foods must be kept in safe zones. Frozen meat will not come to the proper temps fast enough to stop harmful bacteria from growing. You are potentially growing a food borne illness by doing so. It’s like leaving a turkey out overnight to thaw. Don’t risk your family’s health

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      • Elaine Cooper says:

        Kelly, thank you for the great idea and recipes. I have one cleanup tip. If you load your meal in a crockpot liner first , you can push the air and twist shut. Put in your ziplock and freeze. Take it out of freezer, place in your crockpot. When done, throw away the bag for easy cleanup.

        • Barb says:

          To get the air out, you can also place the filled CROCKPOT LINER into a bowl of water & allow the water pressure along the sides to push the air out, then twist tie it closed. Wipe off outside with a paper towel & place inside Ziploc bag to freeze.

          If you label the CROCKPOT LINER with the food name and date prepped, you can reuse the Ziploc bags without issue or worry about a cross-contamination of foods.

    • Heidi says:

      I hear you, Rosa! After working at school yesterday, I told the kids they could have breakfast for supper because I just couldn’t think of something fast (and I may have lacked the energy to make it). Unfortunately, that meant that they ate waffles. You win some, you lose some. This is a game changer! It should make my weekly meal prep much easier, too!

    • Brianna says:

      Sounds great to me too. Teacher/grad student always looking for a good reason to use the crock pot!!

    • Brenda Nicholas says:

      I saw a picture on one of the links for a brown sugar meatloaf I could freeze then bake in the oven. Where can I find this recipe at? Thank you!

  • Mrs q says:

    I’m not a very savvy slow-cooker user but some of these sound delicious. Do you need to thaw the ingredients before adding to the slow cooker, or add in ingredients fully frozen? I worry that the meat will take forever to cook.

    • Kelly says:

      I thaw the freezer bags overnight in the refrigerator.

      • Sydney says:

        This was the answer I was looking for I was confused if you threw them in there frozen or not haha. But another question with thawing them out over night some ingredients don’t get soggy and absorb the other things thawing making them taste funny? Example: tater tots in the tater tot casserole absorbing the chicken. Might sound silly but I’m curious.

    • Lori Medlock says:

      You can put a WHOLE FROZEN chicken in a crock pot by itself…no watet or anything and cook on low all day…does not stick, makes its own broth and is falling off the bone. I love to put in potatoes, carrots and onions and some mushroom soup. Let it cook all day on low. AMAZING.

    • Colleen says:

      I always throw them in to the crock pot frozen and have never had a problem. When I get up I take the bag out of the freezer and throw it in the sink for an hour while I get ready, then the meal slides out of the bag easier.

      • MJ Williams says:

        i luv doing the homemade frozen dinners ….. if i forget the night b4 to take it out to thaw, i run the bag under some hot water n it slides right out 🙂

      • Kimberly says:

        I like the idea of throwing the meal in frozen. However if you throw the meal in frozen, how long (and on what temp–high or low) do you cook the meal? I imagine it’s a longer cooking time than if it’s defrosted.

    • Honeyko says:

      I does not take long for something to thaw in a cooker, relative to the time overall to cook it, if that time is going to be more than an hour anyway.

    • Renee says:

      I don’t thaw. I place in crockpot on high frozen for 8-hours and its has always been completely done. I don’t see a need for thawing. If I’m wrong p,ease let me know. I’m in a hurry in the morning and put in crockpot and on high and go to work and when I get home it’s usually ready.

  • I haven’t tried a lot of freezer meals since there is only 3 of us but, I love crock pot meals and this just might be perfect for when I’m extra busy. Thanks for the round up! Saving for later.

  • Kim says:

    Can you give the names of the recipes in the picture of bags? I can’t do all 31 right now, but like the looks of the one with peas and the one with navy beans.

  • Chantall says:

    About how many people do these recipes serve? Family of 4?

  • Tricia says:

    How many does each meal feed? I have a family of 6 and need to be sure I don’t have to add more to accommodate all of us.

    • Kelly says:

      The average is 4-6, but you will have to check the individual recipes in the pdf to be sure. If you need to add more servings, adding an extra pound of meat is an easy way to do it.

      • Tina says:

        Each of your recipes tends to make 2 meals for my family of three – we eat one on the night we slow cook it, and then usually can freeze the other half (already cooked) for a 2nd night down the road. Potatoes don’t freeze well, or mushrooms, but usually they refreeze well once cooked.

  • Allena says:

    Small caveat–freezing meat and vegetables together can be perfectly safe as long as it’s all cooked before eating–don’t unthinkingly pop a vegetable in your mouth as you’re putting it in the crock pot, as it may have been contaminated. Freezing deactivates bacteria, but doesn’t kill them well.

    • Kelly says:

      Oh, definitely. Eating a vegetable raw that just came out of a bag with raw chicken is gross.

    • Chauna says:

      Yes, because “freezing at 0F” is NOT what our freezers do. Freezing for Fahrenheit is 32degrees, not zero, and most home freezers are hovering somewhere around 30degrees, which would mean that technically, freezing these meats with veggies isn’t safe at all per the USDA. However, if fully cooked through it shouldn’t matter anyway.

      • Kelly says:

        What I’m saying is that freezers in the US are set below freezing. I know that the freezing point of water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. I have a PhD! Haha.

        • Hassie Warlick says:

          If people are concerned about putting the raw meat in with the veggies, I have a suggestion. Instead of putting the meat in with the veggies, place the meat in a separate Ziploc & put that Ziploc inside the bag with the veggies. Just make sure the meat bag isn’t leaking. This effectively separated the meat & veggies :). Problem solved :).

      • Appliance Pro Mom says:

        If your feeezer is at 30F, it is operating improperly. The average household freezer is shipped with it preset to 0 to -2F.

        • James B says:

          Appliance Pro Mom is Right! New freezers are typically set to -2 degrees Fahrenheit, and new refrigerators are typically set to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

      • Beth says:

        My freezer is set to zero and that is what is recommended

      • Peri says:

        Most freezers are around 0F or -19C.

  • Liz says:

    Thank you for this handy compilation of recipes for back to school. One question it seems like most don’t have the number of servings. Are they a default number unless I see otherwise? Just trying to gauge if I need to double some. Thanks again!

  • Kimberly says:

    I’m confused. Some of the recipes read to cook then freeze. Am I reading this correct or can they all be frozen before being cooked first?

    • Sandra says:

      if you plan to freeze, you freeze prior to cooking. Just throw all ingredients in a freezer bag, label, and freeze. The only exception is ground meat. Ground meat is usually browned prior to freezing.

    • Kelly says:

      They can all be frozen without cooking. I share the step-by-step process in the printer-friendly pdf.

    • Ace says:

      As near as I can tell, those are recipes that have instructions if you want to cook them right away, and then instructions for if you want to assemble and freeze them and cook them later instead.

    • Tina says:

      For the turkey white bean and kale soup do you precooked that ground turkey? I noticed you mentioned browning the ground meat so wanted to be sure. Thanks!

  • Cindy says:

    HI. This look fabulous! Can they be cooked right from frozen, (extending cooking time) ? I see that some are 4 – 6 hours for cooking – my day is longer, and I do not want thawed food sitting too long before cooking.

    • Kelly says:

      I would buy a slow cooker with a timer or use a simple light timer to turn off the slow cooker up to an hour before you get home. It is not recommended to put frozen raw meat in the crockpot. It takes too long to heat to a safe temperature (although I know a lot of people do it without a problem).

      • D. Mayclin says:

        I am confused. How does a cooker with a timer help? Are you saying to put the frozen meal in the cooker with the timer set to go on once the meal is thawed? Or are you saying let the thawed meal sit in the cooker with the timer set so dinner will be ready at dinnertime? I leave for work at 7:30 & aim for dinner at 6:00. Seems like these may work better for people with flexible work hours, part-timers, those who work from home, or for weekends.

        • Kelly says:

          The timer switches the meal to “warm” after the set time cooking. So, if you leave at 7:30 you can set the slow cooker to switch to “warm” after 6 hours or however long so it doesn’t overcook. I still recommend thawing the meal ahead of time.

          • Jen says:

            I also have longer days that would not enable me to turn the slow cooker on 6 hours before dinner time. I used my slow cooker once last year for a chicken recipe (not one of yours) and while my slow cooker switched to warm after it was done cooking, we felt the chicken was overcooked after sitting on the warm setting for 3-4 hours. Have you ever experience that? What would you recommend doing to avoid that?

          • Kelly says:

            I would cook it for even less time and let it sit on “warm” for longer. I don’t think that hurts. Another suggestion is to focus on recipes that do better with longer cooking times, like soups, stews, chilis, and roasts. OR, buy a smaller slow cooker to only use with chicken.

  • Kim says:

    These look great! I tried to buy your e-cookbook and your server is down. I hope it’s back up soon!

  • Denise says:

    Has anyone here made all 31 meals or close to it at one time? I know stores vary but I was curious what it ended up costing you (approx)
    I would really like to try this!

    Thanks, Denise

    • Kelly says:

      I have not made these specific 31, but I made the 28 in my CROCK’D Slow Cooker Freezer Meals eCookbook and they cost a total of $241 (which works out to $8.60 per meal or $1.05 per serving). I believe the cost of these would be similar.

  • Denise says:

    Has anyone here made all 31 meals or close to it at one time? I know stores vary but I was curious what it ended up costing you (approx) I would really like to try this!
    Thanks, Denise

  • Joanne says:

    These look great. I was looking st the cooking time ans they are for like 2 or 3 hours. I want to put he’s in the crockpot before work. Do u have any ideas of how to make that work. So dinners ready when k for home and not too llate

  • Kate says:

    Hi! I was just wondering where you got the bag holders? I remember seeing them once several years ago, but cannot remember where to save my life!

    Thanks in advance!

  • Leslie Sulouff says:

    Freeze these meals in crock pot liner bags, then you can pull them out of the freezer and plunk them right into the crockpot, cleanup is a breeze (we make all the BBQ for our school concession stand in bulk and freeze like this.. Works great.. )

  • Gallie says:

    How many servings are your recipes for? So I can adjust the ingredients accordingly. Have feed 3 growing boys and 2 adults. Thanks

  • angie bechtold says:

    Do i put all ingredients infreezer bag? For example, #6, do i put milk in the bag also or add to cassarole later when in crockpot?

    • Kelly says:

      You almost always freeze all of the ingredients to the bag before freezing. A couple of recipes require waiting to add an ingredient until you’re cooking the meal. (For example, I wait to add chicken broth to my soup recipes because four cups wouldn’t fit in the freezer bag.) If you open the printer-friendly pdf, I wrote out exactly how I freeze and cook each recipe.

      • Cindy says:

        I make my own broth, I freeze it in 1 cup measurements. When I freeze them I use round Rubbermaid screwtop containers.

        Normally I pop them out once they are frozen and store them in large ziplock bags.

        But if I was prepping for this I would leave them in the containers and then just take out how ever many “cups” I need for the recipe when I took out the main baggie. Then thaw them in the fridge. Since they are pre-measured I know how many I would need, they stack & I don’t have to worry about the bag leaking. 🙂

        • Lanaye says:

          Go one step further if you’re making your own stock. …. i reduce the stock down to about 1/4 of original amount then freeze in ice cube trays. i use about 1/2 cup of water to reconstitute …. experiment!

  • Linda Harris says:

    This idea is Awesome! I do a lot of freezing for future meals but haven’t thought of this crock pot thing. I have a Facebook recipe group called Country Cooking and Living at it’s Southern Finest. Hope you don’t mind that I post your page to it. We have a lot of members that are totally into healthy eating but work long hours, who I know will enjoy your crock pot dinners. Here is a link to my group, if you would like to check it out. https://www.facebook.com/groups/955994697796610/

  • heather says:

    Hello, I saw this link on facebook and I am so thankful for it! I cannot wait to try these recipes! I am however having a hard time opening the link to print them out, can you email them to me please or tell me another way to down load and print. Thank you!!

    • Kelly says:

      If you email me, I can reply with the pdf. Millions of people tried to read this post over the weekend (!!!), so my website was having issues, but it should be better now and even better each day as traffic decreases.

  • Jen Stricket says:

    How much and how do I get it???

  • Tiffanie says:

    I cannot wait to try some if not all of these!! I am a freezer meal girl! We are a family of 5. I work 3 days a week. On my two days off I am usually at appts, cleaning y house or at my son’s school. My husband appreciates coming home and dinner is already cooked. Thanks for the added inspiration.

  • Teresa Earp says:

    I read the beans and greens recipe. There is a lot of liquid involved. Do you freeze all of it ahead of time, or can you leave out the liquid when freezing?

  • Wendy says:

    I use my crock pot a lot ! Thanks for the recipes cant wait to try them for my family . They all sound yummy

  • Tina says:

    Can’t wait to try these out. With working 2 full time jobs this is exactly what I need.

  • Diane says:

    Thanks for the ideas. I have tried chicken breast in the slow cocker multiple times before and find it extremely dry. Am I missing something or using the wrong kind of chicken? Help?

    • Tahnna says:

      Try using chicken broth or seasoned water. Cream of chicken soup is good too.

    • Kelly says:

      I use very big breasts and only cook as long as needed (which is 3-4 hour in my 6-qt slow cooker). If yours are dry, I would decrease the cooking time.

  • Jody Kahoalii says:

    Can’t wait for the labels and to cook these,meals!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Wow! I’m so impressed by how thorough your recipe and shopping lists are! Thanks!

  • Natasha says:

    Do you add the liquid for freezing? For example, one of the recipes calls for milk, do you add that to the bag for freezing or when you are about to cook it? Thanks! I am really looking forward to trying these!

    • Erin says:

      Read through the comments a lot of ppl asked this already. But the author said she gave specific directions to this. I haven’t read the directions myself but I would add liquids along with the bagged ingredients at the time of cooking. Just seems to my like that would work best. Of course a lot of ppl make their own stocks and cream of mixes before hand and freeze them so it would be up to your cooking style.

  • Paige says:

    This may be a dumb question but reading the list of ingredients with directions on it all they most all give instructions on cooking before the instructions on freezing… do you have to cook any of these recipes prior to freezing??

  • Laura says:

    I was reading through the recipes – they sound great! I’m excited to try. There is one with ground turkey that in the directions it says to brown the meat before putting it in the crock pot. If I was going to freeze the ingredients to use later would I brown the meat and then freeze – or freeze raw?

  • Janice says:

    I live alone so these would be great do-a-head and one serving meals..

  • Amber says:

    Thank you for this! I work from home while my kids are in school, this will be such a life saver!

  • Melissa Brinkley says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been looking for a way to do something nice for my daughter and son in law as they start the school year. Their lives are so busy with their 2nd year teaching and new schools for both of them, and they love crock pot meals. Looks like you solved my search!!

  • Janee says:

    I’m curious to a round about of what your grocery bill was.

    • Kamelliah says:

      Yes, I would like to know how much you spent on the grocery list so I can start saving for it

      • Kelly says:

        I’ve never made all 31 at once, but I made 28 similar recipes for $241 ($8.60 per meal or $1.01 per serving), so if these cost the same they would be $267. A couple of people commented on this post saying they made the meals and the cost ranged from $8/meal to a total of $375. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and shop around for deals, especially when I’m making a lot of meals at once.

        • Pam says:

          I made 31 meals, in one batch. Cost was around $310 at Kroger. I bought a cheaper quality of chicken and will NEVER skimp on chicken again (so much FAT on the chicken breasts, on the sides, tucked under the meat, and imbedded IN the meat, took a VERY long time to cut out). I had 9 spices in stock and did not have to buy (curry, cumin, cayenne, oregano, paprika, pepper, rosemary, sage, & salt)

  • Jenni says:

    Were you ever able to out together a caloric count for each?

    • Kelly says:

      At this time, I’m only able to calculate the nutritional info for the recipes in my cookbooks. Sorry about that, Jenni.

  • Mary says:

    I love the idea of these slow cooker meals, but several of them cook for 3 hours or 6 hours. Neither amount of time works for me. If I started them before I left for work, they would be seriously overcooked. If I start them when I get home, there is not enough time for them too cook. I do have a timer on my slow cooker, but I’m not sure if leaving the meals warming for that many hours is a good plan either. Any suggestions?

  • Charity says:

    About how many would you say each meal feeds? We are a family if 5 and alot of recipes are for smaller families

    • Erin says:

      I have a family of 8 ( dad, mom and 6 kids 19 yrs-2yrs) and I just up the amount of ingredients or even double them. OF course I could always just use two crock pots as well and we have done that before, not everyone wants the same thing on the same night 🙂 lol the challenges of bigger families but I would change it for the world!!

  • Nick says:

    These recipes look great for the school year, but I only have a small, 1.5 quart crockpot. Would you suggest investing in a larger crockpot, or can I modify these recipes to smaller quantities?


    • Kelly says:

      I would buy a larger crockpot. Unless you make a marinaded chicken breast recipe, the smallest size I would recommend for these recipes is 4-quarts, so even if you cut them in half they’ll be too big for 1.5-qts.

    • DIanna Belle says:

      I am thinking of doing this for my husband and myself (living in 2 separate households, for now). I am going this next week-end to find smaller crock-pots because you are “supposed” to fill them minimum of 3/4 fulls. I will make the meals and separate each one into 2 baggies. Larger for the hubby and a little smaller for me. Left-overs? BONUS!

      • Kelly says:

        I believe slow cooker should be at least 1/3 full, but no more than 2/3. If you cut these recipes in half, I would look for a 2-3 quart slow cooker.

  • Bethany says:

    Thank you SOOOO much for this! I am a full time student/say at home mom, a child starting school this year and a husband who works his tail off. This is going to help us out so much as far as dinners go. I can also stretch most of these out for 2 meals! so this actually gives me 2 months worth of dinners!!

  • Meagan says:

    For the white chicken chili, do you put the chicken. In the freezer bag raw? And how long would you cook the ingredients in the crock pot?

  • Michelle says:

    Oh my gosh. You’re my new favorite person! I keep saying I need to pre some freezer meals. And then you go an it super easy!!!! And I’m doing my grocery shopping tomorrow! Yay!

    Thanks so much for sharing the fruits of your labors!

  • Michele says:

    I just saw these, and really loved the idea, i was wondering if your books are sold in stores? I would need ti buy them.one at a time.

    • Kelly says:

      They are only sold on my website as pdf eBooks. They are sold individually ($3.99-9.99) or for a discount in a bundle ($12.99).

  • Danielle says:

    What is your preferred brand of slow cooker?

  • Brenda says:

    Excellent! Nothing like not having to worry about dinner when I get home from work! Question – When a recipe calls for some liquid (3/4 cup milk or whatever) do I add that to the bag of ingredients when freezing or add that when I put the ingredients in the crock pot?

  • Chellie Harmon says:

    Thank you in advance

  • brenda says:

    Do you just combine all ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and set to cook all day? I can’t seem to access the actual recipes.

  • Tracy says:

    How many people do these meals feed? And do they say what size crock pot to cook them in?

    • Kelly says:

      The average number of servings is 4-6. I use a 6-qt slow cooker with a timer but they would also work in a 4-qt or 7-qt (because, yes, I own all three sizes!). 🙂

      • Claire says:

        Hi, I’m not sure what 4,6 or 7ft slow cooker is? I have a 5ltr one? Is this equivalent to any that you have please?

  • Angeline says:

    I did a quick skim and would like to try some of these, but I only have a small crock pot. What size did you use? Please and thanks!

  • Marcy says:

    I agree! This is the best. I own a business and by the time I get home its almost 7p. I cant wait to try these. How long in advance do you prep these?



  • Jema Frauhiger says:

    I’d like to make a few of the freezer meals listed above…but several of them aren’t clickable?
    Also, when clicking on a recipe…do we just combine all the ingredients you list, into a freezer bag? Example: BBQ Chicken – throw breasts and sauce ingredients all in bag and freeze?

  • Marlena says:

    This would be a life saver for my family lol. Thanks so much for sharing this. About how much did it cost you to buy all the ingredients for all the meals if you don’t mind. Also how many servings in each meal? Thanks

  • Beth Blackburn says:

    How can I purchase the recipes, info, etc.
    ? Going back to school next week…..so helpful!

    • Kelly says:

      The recipes in this post are shared for free in a printer-friendly pdf above. If you would like more recipes (with grocery lists, freezer labels, nutrition info, etc.), check out my eCookbooks.

  • Rebecca says:

    I have never tried ground meat raw in the crockpot. How do you get it to NOT cook in one big glob?

  • Wendy says:

    just so you know more then half of your links go to dead end pages.

  • Brianna says:

    This is awesome!! I’m a teacher and a full-time grad student. It’s just me and my daughter, but this will be great on time-saving!

  • Iman says:

    I know that you say it’s OK to freeze protein with the veggies because it freezes to 0 ° etc. But until it freezes is the problem. It might just be me but I’m very uncomfortable with the idea and with you saying its Ok. I think it would be safer if the protein is packed in a smaller freezer bag then put in with the veggies.

    • Kelly says:

      Remember, the food is going to cook in your crockpot before you eat it. Have you ever cooked raw meat and vegetables in your crockpot or oven before? Freezing ahead of time doesn’t change anything.

    • stephanie says:

      freezing proteins is never a problem.. you are going to cook them before eating.. it is the veggies that you have to worry about.. you will still have to BLANCHE the veggies.. no matter what the author says.. freezing at 0 degrees may keep the molds, yeasts etc at bay.. HOWEVER the veggies have this thing called ENZYMES which cooking ie blanching STOPS or deactivates.. and i would strongly recommend doing this with all veggies.. before freezing.. otherwise the nutritional value is in the toilet..

  • Mary says:

    Awesome! But would be even easier if this came freshly prepared and shipped frzn. So all I had to do was throw it in the crock pot and then I could eliminate the prep work. That’s where your money is!!

  • Katy says:

    Thanks for sharing. It is also an excellent option for people whose energy levels are low – but they still want some regular meals for their family.

  • Angela norris says:

    I am a nurse who works 12 hour night shift, however I’m also a mom responsible for taking care of 2 little girls & a hard working hubby. I can’t wait to try these, this will make it easy to cook dinner while I sleep 🙂

  • BECK says:

    These look great! How many do each of these meals feed??

  • Lynn says:

    i leave for work @ 7:30 am and don’t get home until 4:30. That’s nine hours. Is it ok to leave it. On low that long or should I set the timer to turn it to warm? If so, how long should it cook for?

  • Leigh Ann says:

    Some great recipes, but some of links don’t work.

  • Lauren says:

    Hi! Thank you for this list! I am not preparing for back to school but a BABY! and I definitely want my family to eat without me having to worry and stress about meals 🙂 So I’ve been thinking about these freezer meals. My only question is, I’ve thrown raw ground meat (turkey and ground beef) into the crock pot and not matter what I make it looks like cat food – haha – it always taste ok, but you almost have to close your eyes to eat it 😉

    How do I avoid my ground meat looking like this? 🙂 Am I putting too much liquid in?


    • Kelly says:

      It might be too much liquid. Or it might be mixed with the wrong other ingredients. I’d recommend trying one of my recipes, Lauren. Congrats on your pregnancy! 🙂

  • Desiree says:

    many of the links above are broken. 🙁 I get variations on this error:

    Not Found

    The requested URL /2014/04/09/slow-cooker-ginger-peach-chicken/ was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

  • Julie says:

    I’m so looking forward to trying these recipes ! You justight be my guardian angel ! Thank you …

  • Abi says:

    I joined your email list for the free freezer labels, and I’m having trouble accessing them. Can you send me a link please? Thank you!

  • Phyllis says:

    I like to use the crock pot plastic liners. I was wondering if I could just pop the plastic bags that I put the meals in the crock pot?

    • Kelly says:

      I’ve heard of people using liners inside freezer bags. They use the liner to cook the meal and reuse the freezer bag for another meal.

  • Jack says:

    From looking at the shopping list and recipes that use the ingredients, my guess is that recipes 1 and 9 are the ones you like the look of.

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  • Natalie says:

    Pretty much no one’s freezer goes down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. 32 degrees is the freezing point on the Fahrenheit scale. This definitely undermines my confidence in trusting your advice. Is this a typo, mistake, or have you just missed something? I’d really like to know before I consider any of these recipes.

  • Penny Watts says:

    wonder if this same concept would work with electric pressure cooker, that would be awesome

  • Stephanie says:

    I managed to get 28 of these done with my Husband in 3.5 hours yesterday. I didn’t buy enough meatballs. I left some things out of a few bags. (Note to self, give yourself plenty of time to shop, not an hour before church) We found that for some recipes that were missing a thing or two that I normally keep at the house, we just wrote on the bag what to add before cooking. I did notice that some meals took 1/4 of the bag, while others required shoving the food in to get it all in the bag.
    I’m very excited about the new meal ideas already being ready for the Crockpot.

  • michelle says:

    Do you have vegetarian options?

  • Nanna Cindy says:

    Where were you when my kids were little.?? But I managed and love my slow cooker. Now I find myself single and I hate cooking. I buy frozen dinners not that good but they work. So I printed out your recipes and will cut the ingredients to fit for 2 meals. I love leftovers!! Figure I can cook once a week and enjoy my hobbies and life !!

  • Ruth says:

    I love these but I’m curious about some of them. The recipe for one I looked at included butter and sour cream. Do you include these items in the freeze also? thanks.

  • Shelley says:

    Hi Kelly! I just bought your ebooks because I think it is amazing you give away so much of your hard work here on your blog. I have made some of your recipes (found on Pinterest originally) in the past. Yesterday I got inspired and made half of this list to get ready for the school year. Thank you for sharing healthy slow cooker meals, including ALL the planning and organizing!

  • Ann says:

    Several of these look really interesting to me, but there are too many variables for me to leave a crockpot on at home cooking when I’m not there (a cat that uses the counter as a stepping stone to the cabinet over the fridge, longer than anticipated after-school meetings, etc.). I noticed that the recipes all cook for however many hours on low – how would I adjust the time if I wanted to put them in and cook on high when I got home? I usually get home early enough and eat late enough that I would have time to put something in as soon as I got home and let it cook for several hours, just not 4-6 hours! Thanks – can’t wait to try several of these!

  • Jan says:

    Kelly, I am a newby or wantab. My computer has limited space right now. Any idea how much is needed for your ebooks? Do you have written copy? I am not very good on the computer, so I don’t know if I have enough enough space to download the books.

    Thanks, Jan

    There is 2 of us in our family unless invited guests= 6.

    • Kelly says:

      They range from 7-17MB each. You’re welcome to print copies if you want. They are all formatted to print on regular 8.5×11″ computer paper.

  • Maggie says:

    I’ve shared this with my sister and my girlfriends…and will continue to share with other busy parents I know! My kids have after-school activities twice a week, and these recipes will be perfect for those nights! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kim says:

    This sounds wonderful for my family. I have four kids three of which go to school. I also have my mother in law and husbands Down syndrome uncle whom I take care of to cook for. So that’s a total of eight people. These meals would simplify dinner and make dinner so much more stress free. 😉

  • Lori says:

    thank you so much for this. I was trying to figure out my meal plan for the month as I’m on a fixed income. When I go shopping in a few days I’m going to stick to your list and make each of these meals. I also have an issue about thinking ahead so if they are already to go then even my husband could throw it in the crock pot for me. I would love anymore ideas like this that you have also.

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks, Lori. I hope you love all of the recipes as much as we do. There are a ton of recipes and freezer prep sessions on my blog. You’ll just have to click around.

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  • Melanie says:

    Wow what a good idea! Never did anything like this.. How long to prepare all meals (to be frozen) at once? How do you go about doing so? Cut everything first? Is there a list that tells how to cut everything? Then could just assemble each recipe? Thanks!

  • Shannon says:

    My question is how do you keep your potatos from discoloring? Everytiime I’ve tried freezing cut potatoes I get black potatos upon thaw! Doesn’t change the taste a lot, just the beauty of fresh veggeis! Do you par boil any of your veggies? I looked at a few of your directions but not all. Any suggestions?

    • Kelly says:

      I use fresh potatoes and cut them right before freezing. I add them to the top of my freezer bags and freeze right away. I never seem to have a problem with them. Another thing that seems to help is to only thaw them for a short period of time. Instead of thawing overnight in my refrigerator, I do a “quick thaw” by running the bag under warm water.

  • Robyne M says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Am in and out of hospital and this makes it so easy for the family and me to feed ourselves without having to think “What’s for dinner?”. A little effort in the beginning for a great result and tasty delicious meals. Thank you again.

  • Roberta says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I’ve only opened the Chicken Curry recipe so far. I see that the cooking time varies between cooking from fresh and cooking from thawed. Why is that?

    • Kelly says:

      The freezer bag for that recipe is very full and may not thaw completely overnight…so it might need more time to cook. I would follow the instructions for prepping and cooking that I include in the printable pdf because they are up-to-date with what I do now (after testing hundreds and hundreds of freezer meals).

  • Debbi says:

    Do you think this would work okay if I cut the recipes in half and used my smaller crock pot? It’s just myself and my 9 yo son, he attends a virtual school, so we are home, but school days are still really busy and these meals would make life so much easier! Thanks!

  • Sharon says:

    Being single I have a smaller crock-pot (not sure right off hand what size). What size is needed to do the recipes as written. I’ll probably cut some in half for more variety during a weekly menu. If it doesn’t fit in my crock-pot I was told it was possible to do it in something like a Dutch oven in the oven, low and slow. Any suggestions/ideas ?

    • Kelly says:

      I would suggest at least a 4-quart slow cooker for these recipes as-written, but the marinated chicken breast recipes may fit in a smaller one. If you don’t use a slow cooker, many of them can be cooked in an oven or pan on the stovetop instead. The cooking time will vary by recipe. If you have a particular one in mind let me know and I’ll see if I can estimate for you.

  • chad spotts says:

    Very good recipes! Kids Love it makes life much easier

  • Kelly says:

    Hi Kelly,

    My friend and I have been making freezer crockpot meals for the past 3 years before we head back to work (we are both teachers). My question for you, which are your favorite recipes? We have a reliable list but were hoping to add 3 or 4 new ones from your list. Thanks for posting, the information is great!!

    • Kelly says:

      It’s really hard for me to pick because I love all of these recipes, but I think I’ve made #’s 1, 5, 8, 13, and 26 most often. They are all delicious though! The pork chili rocks, we love the ham and potato soup, the chicken fajitas are delicious on the stovetop, I get tons of feedback from people who love the cranberry chicken, etc. SO GOOD.

  • Stacey says:

    Someone linked this page to Facebook and I found it. I went through the recipes and chose the ones that I liked. Three hours of shopping and six hours of prep later, I now have 36 crockpot meals in my freezer. My cost came to $8 per meal. I’m proud to say that I have now completely eliminated my Tuesday and Thursday stressor — how to properly feed my family when our girls’ gymnastics class falls right in the middle of dinner prep time. Thank you!

  • Stephanie says:

    suggestions for larger families? We have 7……Double the recipe in one bag? Make two separate bags? Will a double recipe fit in one crock pot?

    • Kelly says:

      You can double some of them, but the chili and soup recipes will already fill the bag (the cabbage casserole is big too). For the soups and chilis, I think I would just add some extra meat. You’ll need a large crockpot too, at least 6-quarts but 7 would be better.

  • Kellye says:

    THANK YOU!!!! After long days at school, cooking is becoming quite tedious. I WILL be trying every one of these!

  • Jessica says:

    Hi, I want to buy your books but want to be able to get them on Kindle app. I am afaid I will lose the books if I don’t have them on the app. Are you going to offer this to people that want it o the Kindle app?

    • Kelly says:

      Right now my eBooks are only available as pdf eBooks. I’m not sure if there is a way to save pdfs on a Kindle.

      • PollyWollyDoodle says:

        Every Kindle has a unique email address. You must first set up your personal email address as an approved sender so your Kindle can accept what you send to it. All of this is in your Kindle account. Just email the downloaded PDF to your Kindle and sync. Ready to go.

    • Kim says:

      Jessica, try saving them to adobe Reader or to your kindle app. Should work.

  • Donna says:

    Thank you for all the work you did to put this together! 8 hours of prep and I’m set! The only issues I had were that 5 green bell peppers were needed not 4 and I needed more chicken breasts, but I may have been overly generous in filling my bags! It’s a good idea to have an extra bag of frozen chicken breasts/ thighs, just in case. Again, thank you for all the work you did!

  • Claudine says:

    My fiancé and I spent the day prepping at least 22 of these meals to ease the burden of planning and fixing meals after my foot surgery. I will be unable to stand for any length of time while I recover. Although our children are no longer young, this idea is perfect for us. I usually cook nice homemade meals on a daily basis and wanted to continue providing tasty meals that would be simple to prepare. Thank you for putting this all together. We look forward to trying them starting tomorrow!

  • CC says:

    Suggestions for keeping the good from getting freezer burn everytime I use freezer baggies the food gets freezer burn.

    Thank you

    • Kelly says:

      I squeeze as much air out as possible before sealing and never have a problem. By “freezer burn” do you mean ice crystals forming on the inside of the bag or grayish-brown leathery spots? I think the former is totally normal.

  • Leah says:

    These look delicious! It states they are good for 3 months in the freezer. I plan to prep all 31 but not sure we’ll eat them that fast. Will they last longer in the deep freeze?

  • Leigh says:

    Wow!! Thank you for these recipes!!

  • Judy says:

    Some of my church friends just got together and packaged 20 of these meals for a friend recovering from ankle surgery. She and her husband were so excited and we had a great time shopping and chopping!
    Thanks for recipes!

  • tami says:

    Thank you so much Kelly for not only reminding me how easy dinner at home can be, but for also saving me money, and helping me eat so much healthier! Just a suggestion to include, for the people that don’t thaw overnight, or forget to, it really helps if you make sure that your bagged meals are approximately in the shape or size of your crock pot when you freeze them. I will stack them in a plastic bowl or box that is no wider than the length of my crockpot so my meals will fit in the crockpot straight from the freezer if needed.

  • sheila_g says:

    I look forward to making the green peppers but would like to add rice to the mixture. Do you think I should cook the rice or could I just add it since there is a lot of sauce?
    I really enjoy your recipes!

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not sure how the texture would turn out, so I’d cook it ahead of time. If you add it dry I’d love to know how it turns out.

  • Katie says:

    Hi, thank you so much for posting these! I have two quick questions:
    1.) For the Sesame chicken recipe it calls for vegetable oil. Do you put that in the freezer big to freeze or do you wait and add the oil when you put it all in the crockpot?
    2.) A lot of these recipes say to heat in the crockpot for 3 or 4 hours but my workday is 7 or 8 hours. Do you think it would be okay if I put it in there before I leave on the low setting? I don’t want to overheat it. Or should I skip the the defrost stage and put it right in the crockpot from the freezer in this case?

    Thanks again. I’m a teacher with two children under two so I’m making as many of these as possible this weekend before I start school next week!

    • Kelly says:

      1) Put it all in the bag.
      2) I would use a smaller slow cooker (4 quarts) or consider buying one with a timer. I think 7-8 hours is too long for chicken breasts in a 6-quart slow cooker. Soups, chilis, and roasts would be fine though.

  • Anne says:

    Hi Kelly! These look amazing! Do you have an estimate on how long a “marathon” of making all 30 meals might take? I’d love to plan this out over a weekend but would like to know how much time to allot.

  • Katy says:

    We tried the cranberry pork roast this week and it was the best roast I’ve ever tasted! I left the house at 7am and when I canme home around 4pm, the whole house smelled like mom had been cooking all day. We made french dip sandwiches. The juice leftover in the crockpot is wonderful for dipping. It’s even delicious cold as we discovered while eating the leftovers. I used a 3 pound pork shoulder roast. The label said bone-in, but there was no bone to be found at the bottom of the pot!

  • BETSY says:

    THANK YOU for all these recipes! Every fall gets crazy, and a friend on FB mentioned looking for more freezer crockpot recipes to help out. I found your site on a search–and am HOOKED! I’ve already made one set, the “Healthy recipes”, and we’ve eaten a few, and I bought materials to make 3 of the ones from the “Vegetarian Session”. And I just printed these 31 back-to-school. The recipes we have already eaten have been FABULOUS–I am so happy to find someone who has similar taste. Lots of recipes we try turn out to be not a good fit. Thank you for all the work you do and all the recipes you have generously shared. My family thanks you too–happy tummies.

  • Kathy says:

    Will the dry beans get soft without soaking? Also I do like my beef and pork brown so I did sear it and cool it before adding to the Bag. Also do you have suggestions of where to buy mini meatballs. I looked everywhere. I’ve been making the bags 10 each day so my freezer can freeze them well. I’m really excited to start eating. Also do you cut all the chicken in pieces or do you leave them whole unless instructed to chop

    • Kelly says:

      If you use dry beans, I would soak them ahead of time. As long as the meatballs are small-ish they’ll work. I’ve bought them at a bunch of different grocery stores. RE: the chicken, I do exactly what is listed in the pdf.

  • Kirstin says:

    How many people would these recipes feed? They all look so good 🙂

  • Helena says:

    What is the rule of thumb for the “use by date” on these meals? Just want to be sure I label them well. I will be doing a freezer meal share with two other woman so I want them to have this info when we swap. TIA

  • Alicia says:

    So I’ve tried once a few years ago to do some freezer meals in a bag and I feel like it all turned out too mushy. I vowed at that time to not try anything besides soup in the crockpot…. yet I would love to have meals ready to go in the morning. So with all of that being said do you feel like your vegetables turn to mush with cooking in the crockpot?

  • Alicia says:

    Could these be put in an electric pressure cooker as well, as long as fluid requirements are met. Would be nice if you could either slow or pressure cook these.

  • Adrian says:

    I love having all of these recipes all in one place! I am entering my first year of graduate school while also living on my own for the first time. Do you have any suggestions for the measurements? Some of these recipes look like they can serve an entire family! How much food is enough for one person?

  • GeekKate says:

    I am transferring to a university for this coming Fall semester and my school is 54 miles away from home. Between my commute, school work, and music rehearsals I am going to be too busy to make a proper meal for my husband and I so I’m thrilled that I found your blog! I’ve already tried out some of the recipes and they were a hit with the husband. Thanks so much for sharing this, you’re a lifesaver!!!

    <3 and harp strings,

  • GailD says:

    My husband is not much of a chicken eater and I was just wondering if the chicken could be substituted with pork or even beef in some of the recipes. What are your thoughts.

  • Melanie says:

    It’s pretty cool, but there is just a few recipes that could be cooked while working normal 8 hours day job. Unless you cook the evening before and eat leftovers the next day… what do you recommend if we cannot go back home during lunch time to start crockpot meal?

    • Kelly says:

      I would either pick recipes with a longer cooking time (like soups, chilis, and roasts) or buy a slow cooker with a timer. I bought one earlier this year and love it!!

  • Katie says:

    I have also plugged mt slow cooker into a timer and that works just fine also!

    Just picked up all the ingredients for all 31 recipes, and my daughter and I have been busy packing them up. Such a great idea! I can’t believe it didn’t occur me earlier.

  • Michelle Lyman says:

    I was able to complete 24 out of 31 this weekend. I used the shopping list provided but For some reason I didn’t have peppers and had WAY too many onions. Hmmmmmm. Can’t wait to try them since they all smelled and looked yummy.

  • ragmom says:

    Wow! Great work!
    What size crockpot do you recommend for these meals? (I think mine is a 6qt.)

  • Emilie says:

    do you not need to blanch all the veggies before freezing… like the potatoes?

  • Jess says:

    Love this list. I’ve made the Cabbage Casserole & the BBQ Chicken with Cornbread, so far, and even my picky little people loved them! Thank you!!

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  • Andrea Zimmerman says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! The hubs and I tackled this project this past Saturday and now have 31 meals in our freezer! We both work and come school time, this will be a time saver and life saver! We must have the same food taste too because every recipe sounded yummy! I love all the fresh, healthy ingredients and the fact that none of the recipes had cream of whatever soups! Thanks again!

  • Lori says:

    Made 12 of these over the weekend and they are now in my freezer…can’t wait to try them. Looking forward to making up and freezing more of them in a few weeks. Thanks so much for the recipes!

  • Barbara says:

    Thanks so much for this complete list of recipes, and the shopping list! Last saturday I shopped for one hour and then prepped 25 meals for about 5 hours. It took me one hour to clean up, but that included lunch dishes that appeared while I was marathon chopping! I would have tried to do all 31 recipes but there were a couple my husband wouldn’t eat. We already ate the sweet n sour meatballs-delicious 🙂

  • Karen Lewis says:

    Your site will let me save your meals, preparation, etc. as as PDF file but will not let me print it.?????

  • Just like Andrea, my husband and I tackled the assembly of all 31 meals over the weekend. We can’t wait to start trying them. Kelly, thank you SO much for the inspiration and guidance with the healthy recipes and grocery shopping list. It was so helpful. You ROCK!

    If anyone is interested in knowing how much $$ and time investment this took, I wrote two blog posts about our experience making all 31 freezer meals. Here is a link to one of them:

    Thanks again!

  • Katbeebz says:

    I work 12 hr shifts so any crock pot meals would be cooking on low for apx 13.5hrs. I noticed most recipes call for cooking on low for 4-6. Is there a way to make this work? If I set timer to delay start then the food is sitting in the pot for 6 hours and will not be at a safe temp. Any suggestions? I would love to be able to prep and use crock pot meals but these questions have kept me from proceeding. Thanks.

  • Diana Anderson says:

    When making these recipes do i cut up the chicken breasts or keep them whole? Like the salsa verde for instance?

    • Kelly says:

      The printable pdf with recipes says exactly how I freeze each one. I leave them whole if I can to save time, but I think there are a couple that I cut, like the chicken curry.

  • Niki says:

    I work full-time and my husband owns a second-hand store and works long hours. We have 7 kids (plus a son-in-law and my mother-in-law) who live with us. My youngest girls are 2 and 4 months so even though I love slow cooker meals, sometimes I just don’t have time in the mornings to do the prep. My kids have become use to “breakfast for dinner” and too much fast food. I miss being able to do homemade, healthy meals. Thank you so much for these recipes. Being able to do the prep on weekends so we just have to dump the ingredients in the slow cooker is great. I can even get my older girls to do this as well.

  • Kelsey says:

    This is great! The USA says it’s not safe to cook meat frozen in a crock pot so do you thaw before you cook?

  • Denice says:

    Any vegetarian meals?? My daughter is a vegetarian and I am having a hard time finding meals.
    Thanks so much. I am sure you have helped many moms and dads with all these recipes.

  • tina says:

    I’m in the process of getting a new crockpot… should I go with 5 qt or 6 qt?
    I don’t want something so monstrous – my current one is simple round one and not too big so that I don’t feel that dishes are just a thin layer at the bottom or is this boiling things too much having it piled so hight?

    thanks for the help.
    have you see any that actually use a CLOCK instead of just minutes to cook?

    • Kelly says:

      I think a timer is more important than size. If I found a good 4-quart one with a timer, I’d probably buy that. Right now I use my 6-quart most often because it has a timer. No, I’ve never seen a clock instead of a timer.

  • Sue says:

    Can the recipes be doubled? We have a big family.

    • Kelly says:

      Most of them can. You might need to use two bags for some of them. And you’ll need to use a very large crockpot for any soups or chilis that you double.

  • Alfredo says:

    Sorry if I missed the answer to this seemingly dumb question. Are you saying we can simply cut/prep ingredients, NOT COOK YET, bag up in freezer bags, freeze for up to 3 months, THEN thaw overnight and throw into slow cooker?
    cook first, freeze, then thaw and reheat?

    Thank you, off to buy ingredients! Can’t wait to offer healthy Meals, chosen by my sons from the list of 31!!!

  • Andrea says:

    I tried the Salsa Verde Chicken recipe (only 5 ingredients) and it turned out completely awful. It was very bland and resembled chicken paste you would feed to someone who no longer had teeth. If I ever tried this again, I would reduce the amount of cream cheese added (if any!). I would also add the salsa verde at the end because I felt like a lot of the flavors were washed out in the cooking process.

    • Kelly says:

      If your chicken was that texture, I would decrease the cooking time next time by at least a few hours. We had that meal again last night and it was delicious! My aunt and cousin were over for dinner and everyone gave it two thumbs up.

  • Pam says:

    Thank You SO Much for the healthy meals. I needed to get away from using canned soups in our meals. They had too much sodium, preservatives, and unnecessary additives. I jumped in with both feet and made 31 meals. I wish I would have bought better quality chicken. Would have saved hours trimming off fat. Also, I might use more Bragg Liquid Aminos (soy protein seasoning) as a Natural Soy Sauce Alternative next time. Had no idea my family would eat Kale or that I loved cannellini beans. We made all 31 meals to expand our palate and make our family eat healthy (plus save time & money) My mom always said if you don’t like something but you know you need to eat it, you have to try it 7 times before you develop a taste for it. Still doesn’t work for lima beans, peas, or brussel sprouts. (Wonder if it is just an old wives tale.)

  • raymonde says:

    can i find the 31 crockpot freezer meals for back-to school`s book at Costco? (quebec)

    • Kelly says:

      Are you asking if you can buy all of the ingredients at Costco? If so, I think a lot of them can be found there but not everything.

  • Monica says:

    Hello! As a full-time student, this is a life saver. I’ve been trying to find a way to use my crock pot efficiently, without making one kind of meal in bulk. Eventually I’d get sick of eating the same thing so many times in a row. This is a perfect solution for me. Thank you!

  • Suellen Jennings says:

    Can you use crockpot bags to freeze your meal in?

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not sure if they’re thick enough to protect meals from the freezer. I’ve heard of some people using crockpot liners inside freezer bags. Then they reuse the freezer bags after they cook the meal.

  • Danielle says:

    My son is allergic to eggs and i an lactose intolerant. Do most of your recipes include eggs and dairy?

  • Alyssa says:

    I love this…am getting together with some girlfriends to prep a bunch of these meals. On the printable version it sometimes says “add all ingredients to freezer bag” but when I click on some of the links above it will mention not putting something’s in the freezer bags, eg. Rice or broth. Is there a rule of thumb of what not to put in freezer bags…or is it just “better” when you don’t put certain things in the freezer?

    • Kelly says:

      I usually don’t freeze broth in my recipes simply because the bags get too full. Other than that, I think the only thing I wait to add the day of cooking is foods that don’t do well in a crockpot all day, like cream cheese and pasta. I add those the last 15 minutes of cooking.

  • Kristal says:

    I really enjoyed receiving your newsletters. I am not sure if you are told that often but I feel it’s important to say so. Although I haven’t tried your recipes, yet. I have taken your beautiful idea of freezing meals to customized my own recipes to fit our family needs. The other day I spent just a few hours making the filling for my stuffed peppers. Now all I have to do is parboil the peppers and stick it in the oven when I am ready. Unless you have an idea for steaming them fully in the crock pot?
    It has saved me so much time and money. I don’t have picky eaters I have hearty eaters.
    Our recent need is breakfast, now that I am going to home school; I would really like to find breakfast crock pot recipes that my whole family can enjoy anytime whether it is 5 am or 7 am. I really would like to feed our family something more than just cereal or frozen waffles. Have you developed any breasfast meals?

  • ken says:

    Your comment about temperatures below 0F inactivating microbes, therefore it’s okay to mix raw meat and veggies is dangerously misleading. Your home freezer does not go that cold. Water freezes at 32F and most freezers are not colder than mid 20’s. They do NOT go below zero F.

  • Brenda says:

    Is there a specific order that you should put the ingredients into the bag prior to freezing? Thanks in advance!

    • Kelly says:

      I typically add the meat last so it’s the first ingredient dumped into the crockpot. I also add the spices somewhere in the middle so they’re not left at the bottom of the bag.

  • Patty M says:

    I think my family is going to so happy to be getting home cooked meals again. I have Crohns Disease and I have been so sick that I haven’t had the energy to cook dinner. I think the hardest part of this is going to find the energy to prep all these dinners , but I’m sure I can figure it out. Thank you for posting this and making my family happy. One hopeful mom!!

  • Ali says:

    You don’t happen to have the labels for these 31 meals do you??

    I noticed in your book I just bought the labels were there so I was hoping you had something like that for these!


  • Natalie says:

    I’m going to try these out. Thanks so much for all the work you put into this and for offering it to the world (for free!).

    What size and quality Ziplock bags do you recommend? Do you know how long these would last in a deep-freezer?

    • Kelly says:

      I use gallon-sized plastic freezer bags. I believe freezer meals can last in a deep freeze for 6-12 months, but I haven’t checked that range lately. I am hoping to buy a chest freezer myself soon! 🙂

  • […] recipes came from the website New Leaf Wellness and is called 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back to School. I like to feed people, and by people I of course mean small armies, but don’t necessarily […]

  • Jenna says:

    What size of crock pot do you use? Sorry if you posted this – I missed it.

    Thank you !

  • Tina says:

    How do I pin these to Pinterest?

  • Jenny says:

    Hi Kelly! First of all, thank you for these recips. I’ve already tried the first one, Chicken Curry, and it came out delicious. I’m curious, going from memory, I thought the recipe said to mix the tomato sauce, honey & spices together. It seemed odd to me to not mix the tomato paste in with this since it’s so thick. Seems like it wouldn’t get mixed in well enough if you didn’t stir it. Just curious. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Jenny! I’m so glad you liked the recipe. I used to be more particular about how I made my crockpot meals. Now I tend to just throw everything in the crock (or freezer bag) and let it cook. Works out perfectly!

  • Carol says:

    Okay, I’ve read through all the comments, but I haven’t seen this question addressed yet. I prepped a ton of these meals yesterday and today, and I’m excited to try them all. Thanks much for going to all of this effort on our behalf. My concern is the 3 – 4 hour on low cook time for so many of these chicken recipes. Is that really enough time? Also, I put frozen chicken in the bags to start with (versus fresh). That’s okay, isn’t it, since it’s all getting frozen anyway? Thanks again.

    • Kelly says:

      The cooking time depends on the size/strength of your slow cooker. Four hours is plenty in my 6-quart but my 4-qt needs more like 6-8. I would trust your gut because you know your appliance best. Also, adding frozen chicken to the bags while prepping is fine. Hope you love the meals, Carol!

      • Carol says:

        Thanks so much for the additional information. I’m a piano teacher, who doesn’t finish working until 7:30 most nights. These recipes are going to be a game changer for me this year.

  • Tiffany says:

    Thank you for all you hard work putting this all together!! I have been trying to get something like this together for my family and have felt very overwhelmed! This is perfect! My husband gets paid once a month and this will keep us on our budget and from eating out to much! I am definitely going to do this asap when he gets paid!
    Just a quick question. I am currently trying to keep track of my calorie intake, I know some of the recipes give the nutritional values, but do you recommend a way I can easily plug in the ingredients and find the information?
    Again Thank you for all the info!!

    • Kelly says:

      Unfortunately, no. It takes me FOREVER to calculate the nutritional info and I do it in a huge excel spreadsheet. If you need the information I recommend looking at my eCookbooks because I provide full nutritional information for those recipes.

  • Suzy says:

    I can’t click on the Honey Dijon recipe 🙁

  • Melissa says:

    Thank you, Kelly! I’ve been trying to meal plan and “bulk prep” for more than a year (my little man just turned two) and haven’t found recipes with shopping lists and ingredients that convinced me to do it. YOU DID!!! I made it to both Costco and Publix (our South Florida staple grocery store) today and believe I grabbed EVERYTHING! Spent about $375, give or take as there were a few extras in my carts. I am super excited to prep on Friday when my little guy is in his morning “pre-preschool” class. Before becoming a mom I cooked everything from scratch…Breads,soups, stocks, everything…and never anticipated how much my life would change and how little time i’d make for cooking. Fingers are crossed that everything turns out as well as it should, will post an update as to how long it took and how things are once I make them. Thanks again!! And as a sidenote, my freezer is below 0F.

    • Kelly says:

      Yay! I can’t wait to hear how it goes, Melissa. Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. <3

      • Melissa says:

        Hi Kelly,

        Thanks for the reply…this may sound silly, or just lazy, but any chance you have a “master” prep list for making all of these meals at once (50 cups of diced onion, 10 cups minced garlic, etc.) ? I can compile it by going through all the recipes one by one buuuut, since a big component of this is saving time, figured i’d ask. Either way, please let me know!

        Thanks again,

  • Jennifer says:

    I can’t open the document for the ingredients……otherwise thanks for the great idea!

  • Lisa says:

    I’ve been looking for information like this to prepare freezer meals for my elderly father. However, it’s just him usually, and fixing enough for 4-6 is way over. My question is, if I halved these recipes for him (making 2 servings), how do I adjust the cooking time?

  • […] so I found some great back to school freezer recipes. So easy and quick. Here’s one set of 31 recipes. And here’s a second set of 30. Dinner done for 2 […]

  • Heidi says:

    I am so happy someone posted this link on facebook today! Newly single, work full time, son playing football Tue – Fri every week….I don’t have to think about supper…for a long time!!

  • Ana says:

    How can i turn certain recipes into frezzer meals and slow cooker meals into freezer slow cooker meals? I’m not sure really how to do that..

  • Ashley says:

    I don’t like the taste of real onions but will eat onion flakes. Do you suggest that for these recipes? Do you happen to know the conversion between one onion and flakes?

    • Kelly says:

      I don’t, but I think they will work. Onion powder would probably work too in most cases. I would check google for the conversion measurements.

  • Gail says:

    Wish you had more vegetarian recipes. Would love try this but I don’t eat meat.

  • Kari says:

    How do I find out the nutritional info on each recipe?

    • Kelly says:

      At this time, I’m only able to calculate the nutritional info for the recipes in my cookbooks. Sorry about that, Kari!

  • Danielle says:

    Hi Kelly, I just wanted you to know my husband and I prepped 8 of the meals tonight because I am going out of the country soon for work. Everything looks and smells DELICIOUS and I can’t wait to hear my family’s feedback. For what it’s worth, I calculated the cost to be about $11/12 a meal, but I used some organic ingredients and a really nice roast ($16, 2.5 lbs). I also splurged on a really nice bottle of olive oil. This is on par with my budget. Again, thank you so much for sharing this with all of us out here in the world :). Side note- you have incredible patience with the commenters. Many didn’t even bother to read through everything :/

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Danielle, and for sharing your experience. I appreciate your encouragement. I hope you love the meals! 🙂

  • Kathy W. says:

    Thanks for the great recipes, I can’t wait to try them, however a crock pot doesn’t always work with our schedules. Could these meals be frozen and then cooked in a sauce pan or regular oven iinstead?

  • Bianka says:

    Pardon my confusion but i don’t quite understand. These are freezer friendly crock pot recipes that have raw meet in them- but you advise not to cook raw meet in a crock pot. So how exactly should the freezer meals be cooked?

    • Kelly says:

      I cook raw meat in my slow cooker all the time. Almost every day, in fact. I do not recommend cooking frozen meat in the crockpot. I always thaw mine first.

  • Jeff says:

    Found your wonderful resource. One thing I love that you do better than the other versions I’ve seen is that your grocery list is so well annotated. It will make our trying this in the near future very easy.

  • Tiffani Smith says:

    Can 31 Freezer Meals fit in a regular indoor kitchen side by side freezer? I’m wondering how much room these meals take 🙂

  • Barbara says:

    I prepped 25 of the meals a couple of weeks ago, all on one day (my post is in here somewhere!) and have now eaten about half of them. I just wanted to report back on how tasty they are and thank you again, Kelly, for posting such a complete resource!!

  • Julia says:

    These sound fantastic! What size crockpot do you recommend using?

  • Diana Braziel says:

    Our situation is “just two” and retired – but I seem to have as many busy days as when I worked a full-time plus demanding job! I reviewed the 31 meals, selected #3, 8 and 20 for variety and some similar ingredients. They are in the freezer and other than hubby asking when will they be ready, I have rescues for at least the next 3 impossibly busy days. Our health concerns are primarily sodium and high fats. Processed, prepared meals are so high in sodium that I avoid them. I think these meals will be just right for us. They were simple, locally sourced ingredients, and fun to do – Thanks so much.

  • Sam says:

    Prepped 30 of the 31 meals, for $230.00, in 10 hours, with less than 1 dishwasher full of dishes. Slow cooked our first meal this evening, #6. My whole family loved it. Best of all, I loved that we had a well balanced meal on a school night with plenty of time to spare for homework. We look forward to trying the other 29 meals that await us in the freezer. Thanks for making my weeknights a little less stressful.

  • Ryan Saffer says:

    I made 27.5 of these today. Skipped three, and majorly modified the other. Took me about eight steady hours in the kitchen, plus about an hour to clean up. This was a snap, and I really appreciate your work on this epic project!!

  • Sharon says:

    Are you freezing to 0 fahrenheit or celsius? There is a big difference and I want to be sure I am freezing at a low enough temperature to be safe?

  • Kyla says:

    I’ve looked through several of these recipes, and they all look great. Any tips on how to adapt to a different cooking time? Most of the recipes seem to take 4-6 hours, with a few 8 hour recipes. From the time I leave for daycare drop-off to when we get home after work, we’re usually out of the house for 11 hours so I’m not sure I’d be able to make any of these. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      I would consider buying a slow cooker with a timer if/when you have the extra money to spend. I bought this one earlier this year and it’s a life-saver. A lot of recipes will work for 8 hours if you choose the right recipe and slow cooker, but most will be overcooked after 11 hours. A timer would be perfect though.

  • Sandy says:

    in your slow cooked ginger peach chicken…you state chicken thighs…can you use boneless breast or will it not taste as good

  • Dee says:

    As part of a ministry for younger women in my church family, I am doing cooking demonstrations and meal preparations for small groups. I rent a commercial kitchen to accommodate the group. My daughter discovered your 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals and suggested it as something we should do. So my next session with the women will be centered around this, with each person prepping 2 or 3 recipes of their choosing. I purchased the Crock’d as well as some of the others. I will prepare a couple of the recipes for lunch giving them a chance to sample from the collection. Since I want them to review and choose for themselves prior to the event, my dilemma is how I should manage that ethically.

    • Kelly says:

      If you want them to pick from this list of 31, it’s ok to share as long as you provide credit to my website. You can’t distribute copies of the eBooks though, unless you buy multiple copies. Thank you for what you are doing for the women in your church, Dee. What a wonderful service.

  • Sandra says:

    I would love to attempt to make all 31 meals in one day or is that to much to try? Which book of yours has all 31 meals with the shopping list?

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  • KC says:

    Thanks for the recipes ! A friend and I attempted to do a day of prepping all of these recipes for our families (62 meals!!!!) I wanted to mention the shopping list inaccurately lists the amount of chicken needed to make all 31 recipes 🙁 we weighed out each recipe on a food scale, but were short 6 pounds of chicken each.
    Can’t wait to try the first one!

  • Ryllie S. says:


    This is seriously awesome. Thank you so much for posting this!! I really am not a huge cooker. My husband and I constantly talk about how much we hate cooking but I think this is actually doable and I’m shocked at the little people have stated they spent! The recipes sound delicious and I can’t wait to try this!! I will also be buying your e-books! I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

  • MIchele Roth says:

    On the tater tot recipe it doesn’t give the directions for freezing. Even on the pdf version so do you layer everything into a freezer bag and add the milk or do you layer everything into the bag and wait to add the milk when you cook it.? Please let me know. I would really like to make this recipe. thanks so much

  • Vicki says:

    A million thanks! I saw this post on facebook just as we were getting ready to start a kitchen remodel and a ‘lightbulb went off”! This has been perfect – it is great to come home to a nice hot meal instead of getting ‘takeout’ or eating a sandwich or a microwaved meal. The grocery list and recipe numbers that each ingredient was used in was so very helpful. My husband chopped – i added ingredients to the bags and we completed 35 meals in about 12 hours. I bought your e-books also and will be making many of these meals again once i have my kitchen back!

  • Bindi says:

    Hi there, Thanks for the recipes, they look great! I love the idea of freezer prep/cooking but if you’re like me & only cooking for 1 or 2 ppl and not really wanting to eat the same thing every night afterwards, I have found it also easy to cook 2 different meals at the same time in my large crockpot! I simply put all of the ingredients for each dish into a med/large oven bag, 1 for each recipe. Loosely tie the tops & away you go! The added bonus is that I only have to cook once for 2 nights of meals for 2 and its easy for washing up too 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    I tried some of the recipes..may task are you doubling or tripling these recipes? I have a 5qt and 3 of the tried burned. I don’t think recipe was enough for my crockpot..but being gone all day I was hoping this would be more helpful. i know newer crocks are hotter than older ones..and mine will switch to warm but 6 hour setting may be too hot? any advice?

  • Tracy Beasley says:

    Your recipes are amazing. I made the chicken teriyaki and am curious to know how to keep my chicken from being dry.

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks, Tracy! The trick with chicken is to cook it just the right amount of time. You want it to be cooked through, but not dried or burned. The exact cooking time will depend on the size/strength of your slow cooker. I like to cook chicken breasts for 4 hours in my 6-qt slow cooker and 6 hours in my 8-qt slow cooker.

  • Michelle says:

    I want to do this is single servings for my dad..how would that change the cook times or would they stay the same?

  • dee says:

    These look great! Wish I could find something like this for meatless Mondays and vegetarians.

  • Wendy Gallo says:

    Hi there! I love all of your recipes and look forward to trying them! You might have mentioned this before and I did not catch it. When you say raw ingredients, do you also mean the vegetables are raw too? I have read you have to “blanch” the carrots or broccoli and that just adds more work to the process. What do you suggest so I am clear?

    • Kelly says:

      I always add my veggies raw too. The only one that I’ve had an issue with is fresh broccoli, so I substitute frozen broccoli florets in those recipes.

  • Thanks for the recipes! My husband did the shopping and it took about 1 1/2 hours. I did the prepping and that took about 7 hours. I’m sure I would get faster once I got more used to the recipes. And that 7 hours was interrupted constantly by children, husband, life, etc. Looking forward to feeding them to my family. I ended up splitting the ones that said serves 6, so I actually made 40 pre made meals.

    One question – Have you ever tried frozen carrots or peppers? I did get really tired of peeling and chopping… 😉

    I highly recommend to other readers to use frozen chopped onions. They work great in slow cookers and save a ton of time and teary eyes!

    Thanks again for all your work with this.

    • Kelly says:

      Great job, Christine. Having those 40 meals on hand will be amazing. Frozen peppers should be fine, but I’m kind of picky about carrots (I don’t even like the fresh baby ones, which I also think would make an OK substitute). Using frozen chopped onions is a great idea!

  • Amanda says:

    Yay! I did your 12 Costco freezer meals (plus 3 bags of the Chicken Taco Chili from Skinnytaste.com, and I also doubled the amount of Honey Sesame Chicken because it sounded so good) last year at 38 weeks pregnant. Shopped one day and put together 18 bags the next day. Everything turned out great and I didn’t have to worry about what to make for almost three months! You have no idea how much I am looking forward to making some (most) of these recipes in preparation for my current pregnancy and birth. The shopping lists are a great tool, I need that kind of help. Thank you!

  • Sherri H says:

    Hi There.

    I can’t wait to try some of these recipes! I drive school bus, so I’m out very early in the morning and don’t get home til almost 5:30 at night. I only have a few hours in between as well. It makes for late suppers, and I hate that! Just wondering though, (and I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this, but here goes…………)

    Why are some of the recipes in black without links, and the ones in green have links? How can we access the recipes in black if there’s no link?

    Thanks so much for all your hard work!\

    Sherri in Ontario, Canada

    • Kelly says:

      If the name of the recipe is in black, click the green link next to it that says where it is from. You can also find all of the recipes in the printable pdf.

  • Cindy Pickett says:

    Where do you get your baggies that don’t leak

  • Danielle says:

    Do you have a crock pot mac n cheese recipe that freezes well? I know it’s a long shot. Not even sure freezing raw pasta is a good idea.

  • Julie says:

    Reading through all the replies, I couldn’t help but think of an idea, myself.
    If some people are worried about the raw mean with the veggies (which I am a little concerned, also), but why not put the raw meat in a smaller bag, by itself, & all the other goodies in another, larger, bag. THEN, to keep it all together, so you know what belongs with what, put the smaller bag with the meat, right in with the veggie bag! This way the meat isn’t touching anything & you still have it in the same bag that it goes with.
    You can still take it out of the freezer, into the ‘fridge!

    If you have time, just take the meat out & brown it up. (I think browning up, the meat, leaving the ‘yummy-ness in the bottom of pan, then deglazing it with water or another liquid that goes with the dish, makes it even tastier!) Then after browning the meat, add the liquid, bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, turn down the heat, add the rest of what’s in the bag, then set it & forget it… LOL

    BUT… I think this may solve the concern about the meat touching the rest of the ingredients! 🙂

  • Julie says:

    LOL in the beginning of what I just wrote, my finger must have hit the wrong key…
    It’s not suppose to say mean, that is suppose to read ‘meat’. Sorry!!! LOL

  • Amy says:

    I was wondering how to prepare the White Chicken Chili for the freezer. On the link that you send us to it is not a freezer meal. I am assuming that you just dump it all in a bag, but she has you sautéing the onions and garlic and seasonings before adding them to the crock pot. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, I just add everything to the freezer bag. If you open the pdf with recipes you will see how I prepare each freezer meal step-by-step.

      • Amy says:

        Thanks so much! I LOVE your Chicken Curry! We use one whole rabbit instead of chicken and it is amazing! Thanks for doing this, it is so helpful to have so many Slow Cooker recipes and to have them so handy in the freezer.

  • Karen D says:

    For the recipes that call for broth to be added later… can i put 1 bouillon cube per cup in the bag (at time of freezing) so that only water needs to added (at time of cooking)? TIA!

  • Karen D says:

    I have a ton of cubes so will run them through my food processor and make granuals. 🙂

  • Margarita says:

    I am looking forward to trying these. I think I read through all the comments and I didn’t find the answer to this. Every time I have placed a meat by itself (let’s say a pound of ground beef or a 2 pound roast or whatever else) in the refrigerator over night to thaw, it is NEVER thawed by the morning. It is usually almost fully frozen. Anybody else running into this problem? My freezer is set at 0 and my refrigerator at 37, which I think is pretty much standard. Most of the time I end up placing the meat frozen in the crock-pot and it works out just fine, but I was reading that is a safety concern.
    Also, would these recipes work in an electric pressure cooker? Just for the times when I forget to set my crock-pot before work.

    • Kelly says:

      I would either thaw for two days or just keep doing what you’re doing and not worry about it. I *think* they would work in a pressure cooker, but I haven’t tried myself. It’s on my to-do list.

  • Becky says:

    Hi, Kelly
    HOPEfully, I’m not asking something answered 5 times! From reading comments – I believe you are saying that the step in any one of these recipes to “brown the meat” can be skipped if doing a freezer meal, and just throw the meat in the bag raw since it will cook in the crockpot. I’m not sure, then, why ever to brown the meat? Why would it matter if the meal has been frozen in the bag or just prepared before cooking it?

    Question 2: I appreciate the splendor of your crockpot that you prefer! The Programmable Cook and Carry allows for specific times at High, Low, and Warm – which work with your recipes beautifully when they call for 4-6 hours on Low, for example. I know another person (at least one, I didn’t read all the comments) mentioned that her crock pot does not have this option. I have the more typical programmable type that is 4 & 6 hours on HIGH or 8 & 10 hours on LOW and then it clicks over to warm. For those like us, does this mean we really must limit the recipes we use that match the capabilities of our machines – OR (I hope) is there a way to modify the cooking times so we can use many more of your lovely recipe ideas?

    Thank you, very much!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Becky! To answer your questions: 1) Yes, you can always add the ground meat raw. 2) I would always pick the lowest cooking temperature to try to keep your meal from drying out, so in your case I would use “10 hours on low” for everything.

  • Maggie says:

    If I make a full batch of one, and split it between two mini crockpots, are there any changes to the recipe or cook time?

  • Nicole says:

    Hi Kelly. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! They sound so delicious! I’m wanting to make these recipes, but my husband is allergic to poultry (he will go into anaphylactic shock and require hospitalization), so chicken and turkey are a no-go. I noticed that the majority of these recipes are chicken or turkey. Could I simply substitute pork or beef for these recipes? Thanks so much!

  • susan says:

    absolutely love these meal ideas! plan on freezing a few for my daughter, who is pregnant with her third child. i have a question about #28 (wedding soup) – when water is mentioned under prep and cook, should it be the broth? thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes! Sorry about that typo. It’s because I froze chicken bullion granules with the meal in the past and added water the day of cooking.

  • Val says:

    I’m so glad I found this! My husband is leaving for deployment soon and these will be my sanity meals. And thank you for compiling such a great shopping list!

    Quick question, could I use dried minced garlic instead of fresh garlic cloves? Any other similar short cuts to save on prep time would be amazing as well. Thanks again!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, but I don’t think it tastes as good (It might be worth the time savings though). I buy pre-peeled garlic and frozen diced onions. You can also substitute frozen chopped veggies for fresh or the prepared stuff in the produce section. Peeling and chopping veggies takes the most time.

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  • Jodi says:

    My sister and I made all 31 recipes over the weekend. We spent approx $320 in groceries and about 12 hours prepping (chopping, grating, peeling, mincing, weighing, labeling, sorting). The freezer is packed full, what a great feeling!!! Thank you for providing all the necessary resources to make this possible. The grocery list was a lifesaver and the recipes super easy to follow. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Sherri M says:

    Wonderful information Kelly, thank you! I’ve searched some and read over comments and I apologize if this is a duplicate, but in one reply you mentioned making bone broth after cooking a whole chicken all day. Do you have that recipe posted somewhere? Thanks!

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  • Benjamin says:

    What size labels do I need to print the label file?

  • Angela says:

    Is the order ingredients listed in a recipe the order to go in the bag? Conversely, if you use crock pot liners, reverse these as you would not
    be “dumping” from the freezer bag?

    • Kelly says:

      I layer my veggies at the bottom, sauces and spices in the middle, and meat at the top of the freezer bag. If you were using a liner, yes, I would reverse that order.

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  • Dominique says:

    I made the chicken teriyaki last night; about 1/2 hour be for done I put a packet of dry udon noodles on top, and a splash of water. Noodles cooked perfectly and my kids loved it.

  • Gina says:

    It won’t let me open the pdf 😞

  • angie says:

    do you do any cookbooks and recipes on grilling foil packets? I really like your crockpot ones, just wondering if you have any fun creative recipes for grilling meals since the Summer’s get so busy too….? Ty

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  • Susie says:

    I love you.

  • 1busymomx4 says:

    How many will this feed comfortably? We have 6 in our family…..

  • Maggie says:

    I prepared 5 meals yesterday (5 of the 7 favorites) I am very excited for my family to try some new meals AND with school starting today to eat dinner early and get to bed on time! It was quite a lot of work prepping but I am sure it will be worth it. I was wondering, and sorry if this question has been asked already, if instead of prepping and freezing then thawing the meals, would they work if you just put all ingredients in the crock pot first thing in the morning (fresh)?

    • Maggie, Absolutely! Speaking from experience, it can take a long time to prep. However, it does get quicker the more you do it. I still throw recipes in fresh, but it is REALLY convenient to have it already prepared. I have also done it the night before and leave it in my fridge until I’m ready to turn it on. Hope that helps!

  • Jana says:

    I made 31 meals from your crockpot list and I would say maybe 3 of them were actually decent. Each recipe seems to be seriously lacking seasoning, or just seems to completely miss the mark in one way or another. I love healthy food, and I am probably the least picky eater in my family, but we have all consistently agreed that your recipes are very poorly chosen. I made the beef and barley stew last night and it was incredibly watery with very little to no flavor. No one in my family liked the potato ham soup made with canned milk and the Asian chicken with peanut butter…..well it tasted like chicken with peanut butter (there was something very lacking that needed to balance out that flavor).

    I made each recipe precisely and mist have received a BIG thumbs down. The only reason why I am posting this is because I am truly suprised if you have not received more comments about the recipe quality – have you tested each recipe? Sorry, but we are all ready to get through these freezer recipes because almost every night is a total disappointment with dinner.

    • Kelly says:

      Wow, I’m shocked. Yes, I’ve tried the recipes and very rarely receive negative comments from readers. I’m so sorry they didn’t work for you.

  • Beth Plank says:

    Have you ever tried making the dishes in a dutch oven instead of the slow cooker?

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  • Elise says:

    Thank you so much for these! Don’t have any children yet but we’re a household of two busy, hardworking adults and a rescue pup who loves lots of walks… yielding in little time/energy for meal prep on weekdays!

    Question for you- what size crockpot do you recommend/use for these recipes? I have a trusty 4ft. one that was given to me several years ago but is sometimes too small for certain recipes. I’ve been considering buying a larger one and donating this little guy.

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  • Amber says:

    On the recipe for cranberry pork roast can you use a pork loin instead if it is the same weight?

  • Becky says:

    My son and his wife have blessed me with four beautiful grandchildren, aged 5-3-2-1. That’s right, they are too busy to think most of the time. For Christmas I have bought her a programmable crockpot and I’m bringing a dozen frozen meals for the family. I plan on bringing more whenever I visit throughout next year. Thank you so much for your inspiration and recipes!!

  • Great info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon).

    I have saved it for later!

  • Claire says:

    Thanks heaps for the recipes and the ideas such an inspiration! I have just started doing bulk meal prep and cooking usually for the fortnight but spend the day standing at the stove, this looks so much easier will be trying a few of these out this week 😊

  • Lori says:

    My adult son decided we would do the 31 day meal prep one weekend. Well I have to say it was extremely difficult to do the 31 different meals for 2 families, even with 3 adults working together. Next time we do it we will do 15 different meals. Additionally, none of our zip-loc bags laid flat like in the picture once we added the meat.

  • jill says:

    I have skimmed the 31 recipes, narrowed it down to 14 based on my preferences and my hubby’s tomato intolerance, and adjusted the shopping list accordingly. I am just wondering, for some of those recipes that call for a small amount of ketchup or tomato sauce, how bad would it be to leave it out? Any recommended substitutions? If this works out for us, I plan to do more. This is my teacher-on-Christmas-Break project. I really hope it works for us in our goals of eating healthier!

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      Can you give me an example of a recipe? I can better help you adapt it then.

      • jill says:

        Thanks so much for your response. I was thinking about the chicken lettuce wraps (4), the stroganoff (14), or the honey sesame chicken (26). They all have ketchup. Would it be awful to just leave it out? I am also intrigued by some of the pork recipes, especially the Hawaiian Pork Chops, but I don’t really care for pork. Would the cook time be the same if I subbed in chicken breast instead? I prepped a bunch of these. So far I have cooked up the wedding soup and the white chicken chili and they turned out great! I am so excited for this. I hope I can find a day each month to keep this going! Thanks again for sharing these!

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